“Nick Clegg has revealed Labour’s secret plans to scrap half a million apprentices because they think they are ‘deadweight’.”
Liberal Democrat press release, 12 March 2013
FactCheck has been keeping a close eye on the recent explosion in the number of apprenticeships - on-the-job training schemes for over-16s, part-funded by government.
There’s no dispute that numbers have soared since the coalition came to power. So much for quantity, but what about quality?
Critics have long raised objections that not all apprenticeships were created equally, raising concerns about the length and rigour of some training offered by employers.
Today the Lib Dems launched an attack on Labour’s plans for apprenticeships, accusing the opposition of harbouring “secret plans to scrap half a million” of them.
A press release, headlined “Labour calls half a million apprentices ‘Deadweight’”, rammed home the point with a graph neatly showing what will supposedly happen under a Labour government.
We think this whole line of attack is nonsense. Here’s why. (more…)